On February 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs. This report describes examples of electronic health record (EHR)-related burden as well as strategies and recommendations to help clinicians focus their attention on patients rather than paperwork when they use health information technology. The report is a collaborative effort between The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The report outlines three primary goals and offers recommendations to:
- Reduce the effort and time required to record information in EHRs for health care providers when they are seeing patients;
- Reduce the effort and time required to meet regulatory reporting requirements for clinicians, hospitals, and health care organizations; and
- Improve the functionality and intuitiveness (ease of use) of EHRs.